Friday 24 November 2017

'I'm sorry for my mistake' - Reading keeper apologises for crucial gaffe in FA Cup semi final

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici scrambles for the ball after letting a shot from Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez through his legs for their second goal during the FA Cup Semi Final match at Wembley Stadium
Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici scrambles for the ball after letting a shot from Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez through his legs for their second goal during the FA Cup Semi Final match at Wembley Stadium

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has taken to Twitter to apologise for his crucial gaffe in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal.

With the game finishing 1-1 after 90 minutes, the Australian inexplicably let a tame Alexis Sanchez shot slip through his grasp in the sixth minute of extra-time and could only watch on as it trickled over the line, allowing the Barclays Premier League Gunners to book a second successive final appearance.

The 30-year-old, who was "inconsolable" after the match, has received unwavering support from his manager and team-mates but issued an apology to Reading's fans.

"Just like to say thank you for all your messages and how sorry I am for my mistake , we gave our all and deserved to at least take it pens," he posted on his official Twitter account.

"It's part of being a goal keeper and I'm sure it will make me stronger ! Thank you again for your amazing support #readingfc."

Steve Clarke's men, in the lower reaches of the Sky Bet Championship, forced extra-time after Garath McCleary's second-half volley cancelled out Sanchez's opener.

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